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Olympian adventurer James Cracknell inspires Sports Performance students as he talks about his sports challenges and goals

Posted Tuesday 20 January 2015

Olympian adventurer James Cracknell inspires Sports Performance students as he talks about his sports challenges and goals

James Cracknell talks to students about achieving goalsMulti-gold winning medallist James Cracknell gave an inspirational speech at his recent visit to Kingston University – talking to students about his road to Olympic and World Championship success and the challenges he has faced since.

James had an illustrious international rowing career, winning two Olympic gold medals and six gold medals in the World Championships. He is also well known for his endurance feats. In 2006 he rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with Ben Fogal, which he says taught him a lot about how to approach challenges....


Kingston University architecture graduate Simon Dean awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project

Posted Friday 16 January 2015

A recent Kingston University graduate has received one of the most prestigious international awards in architectural education, beating submissions from 317 schools of architecture in 61 countries. Simon Dean, who graduated from the University's BA (Hons) Architecture course in 2014, was presented with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project, at the RIBA Presidents Medals award ceremony.

Simon's project, entitled Flow 1944, was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. It was produced as part of Kingston University's School of Architecture and Landscape's examination of sites within UNESCO World Heritage contexts and proposes a design for a bathhouse carved into solidified lava that erupted from Mount Vesuvius in 1944.

Announcing Simon's award David Gloster, RIBA director of Education said: "The judges were impressed with the student's beautifully crafted images and models and how these delicately created a seductive landscape from which a new architecture may be born."

Simon Dean (centre) is presented with his RIBA Bronze Medal by Roz Barr, RIBA vice-president Education and Stephen Hodder, RIBA president.Simon Dean (centre) is presented with his RIBA Bronze Medal by Roz Barr, RIBA vice-president Education and Stephen Hodder, RIBA president.

The RIBA President's Medals are considered the world's most prestigious and established awards in architectural education. The Bronze and Silver medals are of equal merit, being presented to students at different stages of their education. The Bronze medal recognises the design work of students at Part 1 - normally the first three of five years of the professional qualification in architecture. The Silver Medal goes to students at Part 2 - usually the last two years of the architecture qualification. A Dissertation Medal was introduced in 2001 to reward written work produced at either Part 1 or 2.

Simon's work will now form part of an exhibition of selected awards' entries at the RIBA headquarters in London for two months, before touring the UK and overseas. His success follows notable achievements for other past Kingston University students. In 2013, Minghui Ke and Shapur Keshvari received commendations in the Bronze Medal and Dissertation Medal categories respectively. The Royal Institute of British Architects is the oldest and most influential architectural institution in the world. It has over 43,000 members internationally, including 13,000 students.

• Find out more about the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University.


Kingston University student brings her expertise to new 'London is my Campus' app

Posted Wednesday 24 December 2014

Kingston University student brings her expertise to new 'London is my Campus' app

London is an exciting city, but it can be daunting, especially for students living away from home for the first time or those arriving from overseas. Because of this London universities often suffer unfairly in National Student Survey (NSS) categories relating to living costs, crime, transport and lack of a campus environment. Now, a new smartphone app is being developed by students and industry experts to address this and support London students, and a Kingston University postgraduate has won a place on its design team.

Mann Kaur is one of six students currently studying in London selected to work on the app, London is my Campus, bringing her experience of London and her creativity and technical expertise to a project that will allow her to discuss her work with technology experts at Google....


Kingston University Chancellor Bonnie Greer awards prize in new short story competition

Posted Friday 19 December 2014

Kingston University Chancellor Bonnie Greer awards prize in new short story competition

Michele Henningham's short story Muddy Love won the inaugural Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud competition.A teacher from south London has won Kingston University's first Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud competition.

Michele Henningham from Morden was awarded the honours by the University's Chancellor - award-winning American playwright, critic and media commentator Bonnie Greer OBE. Ms Greer chose the winner of the competition after hearing three finalists test the power of their stories by reading them out loud to an assembled audience at an award ceremony held in December. Ms Henningham received a prize of £1,000 for her gripping story, Muddy Love....


Launch of business incubator at Kingston Business School hopes to encourage and support Kingston's latest group of student entrepreneurs

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston's first student-run business incubator space, which is to be known as the Kingston Nest, has been launched at Kingston Business School.

The Kingston Nest is a place for students to hatch Kingston's next phase of businesses, offering a space on campus where students can work on their business ideas with close access to their study areas. The Kingston Nest will be able to offer students advice and help registering their businesses, and has a capacity for up to 25 students to use the space at any one time.

The Kingston Nest was declared officially open by Dennis Aguma, President of the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society, and Professor Ronald Tuninga, Pro-Vice Chancellor Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.

Students from the Kingston Entrepreneurs SocietyStudents from the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society

Mr Aguma proclaimed the opening as "One small step for Kingston University, and one giant leap for Kingston Entrepreneurs." He continued, "now Kingston Entrepreneurs have a base from which to do what they do best: launch lots of businesses." For the last five years in a row, Kingston University has produced more graduate start-up companies than any other UK higher education institution.

Before cutting the ribbon to officially declare the Kingston Nest open, Professor Tuninga thanked the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society for helping so many of Kingston's students to realise their ambitions and stated that "the opening of the new Kingston Nest is just the start of a bigger project, and I hope to be able to give the incubator even more space in the future."

Professor Tuninga also announced the launch of a Kingston Entrepreneurs 'Brick Fund' to provide students with financial support with some of their business start-up costs.

The University's head of entrepreneurship education, Dr Martha Mador, was in attendance for the opening and reiterated Kingston's commitment to equipping its graduates with the confidence to try enterprise at an early stage in their careers.

In 2012/13 Kingston University helped business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground, and it is hoped that the Kingston Nest will help Kingston students start many more.


Kingston University's Learning Resource Centres gain Customer Service Excellence accreditation

Posted Tuesday 16 December 2014

The University's Learning Resources Centres (LRCs) have received government recognition for the excellent services they provide to students.

Accreditation for Customer Service Excellence® was received from emqc Ltd on 9 December 2014; a body licenced by the Cabinet Office to assess standards of excellence in customer care.

The Customer Service Excellence® standard is awarded where there is evidence of excellent practice in prioritising customers and, in particular, where there is a focus on delivery, timeliness, information, professionalism and staff attitude. Other factors include developing customer insight, understanding the user's experience and robust measurement of service satisfaction.

Penrhyn Road LRC receptionPenrhyn Road LRC

Elizabeth Malone and Sandy Leitch, Co-Directors of Library and Learning Services, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have received independent recognition at such a high level. LRC staff work extremely hard to deliver the best service for our students and this external validation means a lot to us."

Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice-Chancellor, said: "This is a great achievement for our staff and the University as a whole. It's testimony to the hard work and dedication of LRC staff and there can be no better way of demonstrating the University's commitment to improving the student experience. It's absolutely right that students should remain our primary focus and I want to thank everyone in the LRCs for continuing to putting our students first."

More information about the Customer Service Excellence® standard can be seen on the CSE website.

The Nightingale Centre at Kingston Hill campusThe Nightingale Centre


Kingston student Festus Olusanya explains why the Annual Fund calling campaign matters to the student fundraisers

Posted Wednesday 10 December 2014

Kingston student Festus Olusanya explains why the Annual Fund calling campaign matters to the student fundraisers

Radiography student Festus Olusanya takes callsIt's no big secret among Kingston students that a place on the telephone fundraising team is well worth the effort. Not only do they take great pride in raising money for the Annual Fund's priority areas – student hardship, postgraduate scholarships, research, and now, bursaries for care leavers – but it's also a fabulous opportunity for them to connect and learn from our amazing alumni.

Third year Radiography student Festus Olusanya is a veteran of five campaigns and many of our alumni will have shared their experiences with him. Festus now leads from the front in his role as Calling Room Supervisor. He learned on his very first campaign that this was more than a part time job that helped pay the rent....


Kingston University secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major project marking 140 years of Kingston School of Art

Posted Thursday 4 December 2014

Kingston University secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major project marking 140 years of Kingston School of Art

The promotional poster for the 1991 undergraduate art and design degree show, which was the institution's last as a polytechnic before it became a university in 1992.London's Kingston University has received £56,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark another significant milestone in the history of the art school that has been at the heart of the borough's education system for well over a century. Called Histories in the Making: 140 Years of Kingston School of Art in Kingston upon Thames, the initiative will celebrate the institution's art, design and cultural heritage and bring its story to life for a new generation of local residents.

Spearheaded by academic experts from the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the project will explore the stories and personalities connected with the art school, originally founded in 1875. Five exhibitions will be staged across the borough between January and March next year, showcasing work made by the institution's artists, architects and designers. School children and family groups will also be able to soak up more information about the talent and creativity nurtured in its studios and lecture theatres over the years through a series of 20 workshops, an Art School Takeover day and specially themed storytelling, fashion, film, performance and music events. The packed programme of activity will be hosted at a number of venues including Kingston Museum, the Rose Theatre, the Stanley Picker Gallery, Dorich House Museum and the Faculty's very own Platform Gallery at Knights Park....

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